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Spring Awakening: Unveiling the Secrets to a Sparkling Clean Patio

Spring has sprung! The world awakens with a symphony of chirping birds, blooming flowers, and gentle breezes. It’s a season of renewal, the perfect time to shed the winter blues and embrace the vibrant energy of the outdoors. And what better way to celebrate than by refreshing your very own outdoor haven – your patio!


Imagine this: hosting lively barbecues under a blanket of stars, quiet moments of serenity with a book and a steaming cup of tea, all surrounded by the sparkling clean haven of your patio. But before you can fully embrace these idyllic spring scenarios, your patio might require a little TLC. Don’t worry, though! Giving your beloved space a good cleaning can be a breeze (pun intended) – especially with the power of pressure washing!

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Patio Cleaning In & Around Exeter - Patio Cleaners Devon

Take a Breath of Fresh Air

Step outside and close your eyes. Inhale deeply, feeling the warmth of the sun on your skin. Now, imagine this feeling amplified tenfold in a sparkling clean patio. A pressure wash removes not just dirt, but also allergens and grime, leaving you with a fresh and healthy outdoor space to enjoy the beauty of spring.

 

Preparing for Battle: Assembling Your Pressure Washing Arsenal 

 

Conquering a dirty patio requires the right tools, and a pressure washer is your ultimate weapon! Here’s your essential cleaning cavalry:

 

  • Pressure Washer: This powerhouse is the heart of your cleaning operation. Choose a model with adjustable pressure settings for optimal control on different patio materials. Consider gas-powered for larger patios or electric for quieter operation.
  • Safety Gear: Safety first! Wear eye protection, sturdy closed-toe shoes, and long pants to shield yourself from water spray and debris.
  • Garden Hose: A trusty hose with a spray nozzle allows for pre-wetting your patio and rinsing away loosened dirt.
  • Cleaning Solution (Optional): For heavily stained patios, consider a pressure washer-compatible cleaning solution specifically designed for your patio material. Opt for eco-friendly options whenever possible!
  • Surface Cleaner Attachment (Optional): This attachment creates a wider spray pattern, ideal for covering larger areas efficiently.
  • Stiff Bristle Brush: For tackling stubborn stains before pressure washing, a stiff bristle brush is your secret weapon

Safety First! A Note on Precautions

Before unleashing the power of pressure washing, prioritize safety. Read the pressure washer manual carefully and understand the appropriate pressure settings for your patio material. Always wear safety glasses and maintain a safe distance from the spray nozzle. Remember, a clean and safe patio is the ultimate goal.

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Know Your Enemy: Understanding Patio Materials

Different patio materials require specific pressure washing techniques. Here’s a breakdown of some common materials and their ideal pressure settings:


  • Concrete: Concrete is a workhorse, able to withstand higher pressure settings (around 2,000 – 3,000 PSI). However, be cautious around edges and joints, as high pressure can cause damage. Pro Tip: Use a surface cleaner attachment for efficient cleaning on large concrete patios.
  • Pavers: Similar to concrete, pavers respond well to pressure washing (around 1,500 – 2,500 PSI). Always test a small inconspicuous area first to ensure the pressure doesn’t damage the pavers. Use a fan nozzle attachment for better control and avoid direct blasting on the mortar between pavers.
  • Natural Stone: This beautiful material requires a gentler touch (around 1,000 – 1,500 PSI). Opt for a wider spray pattern and avoid high-pressure direct blasts that can damage the stone. Consider using a natural stone cleaning solution before pressure washing for stubborn stains.
  • Wood: Wood decks require the least pressure (around 800 – 1,000 PSI) and a specific wood cleaning solution. High pressure can damage wood fibers. Use a wide fan spray nozzle and maintain a safe distance to avoid etching the wood surface.

Power Up or Go Natural? Choosing the Right Approach

Now that you understand your patio material and pressure settings, it’s decision time! For heavily soiled patios, consider a pressure washer-compatible cleaning solution for an extra boost. However, for lighter cleaning or for more delicate materials, a natural approach with a stiff bristle brush and water might suffice. Remember, a little research goes a long way in protecting your investment!

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Patio Cleaning In & Around Exeter - Patio Cleaners Devon

2. Choosing Your Weaponry:

Pressure Setting: Refer to the pressure chart mentioned earlier and adjust your pressure washer settings accordingly for your specific patio material. Start with a lower pressure and gradually increase it if needed.

Nozzle Selection: Depending on your cleaning needs, choose the appropriate nozzle. A fan nozzle offers a wider spray pattern for covering large areas, while a pinpoint nozzle allows for more focused cleaning on stubborn stains.

 

3. Engaging the Enemy:

Start at the Edges: Begin pressure washing at the farthest corner of your patio, working your way inwards in a methodical pattern. This prevents you from getting trapped by the water spray.

Maintain a Safe Distance: Hold the pressure washer wand at a 45-degree angle to the patio surface, keeping a safe distance as recommended in the manual. Avoid direct blasting at edges and joints, as this can cause damage.
Overlapping Strokes: Use overlapping strokes with the spray to ensure even cleaning and avoid streaky results.
Tackle Stubborn Stains: For tougher grime, pre-treat the area with a pressure washer-compatible cleaning solution and scrub with a stiff bristle brush before applying pressure.

 

 

The Battle Begins: A Step-by-Step Pressure Washing Guide

With your pressure washer arsenal assembled and knowledge fortified, it’s time to unleash the power and reclaim your patio! Here’s a step-by-step pressure washing guide to transform your outdoor space:

 

1. Prepping the Battlefield:

Clear the Clutter: Remove all furniture, planters, and decorations from your patio. Cover any objects you can’t move (like grills or lighting fixtures) with drop cloths to protect them from water spray and debris.
Sweep Away the Surface Troops: Use a broom or leaf blower to remove any loose leaves, dirt, and debris. This prevents them from being caked on by the pressure washer and clogging the nozzle.

Wet the Perimeter: Using your garden hose with a spray nozzle, thoroughly wet the entire patio surface. This helps loosen dirt and grime, making the pressure washing process more efficient and reducing the risk of damaging the material.

 

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4. Rinse and Repeat (if necessary):

Rinse Away the Debris: Once you’ve completed pressure washing the entire patio, use your garden hose to thoroughly rinse away all loosened dirt, cleaning solution residue, and debris.

Repeat for Heavily Stained Patios: If your patio requires a deeper clean, you can repeat the pressure washing process with a slightly higher pressure setting or a stronger cleaning solution (if safe for the material).

 

5. The Final Victory Lap:

Inspect Your Work: Once the patio is clean and rinsed, take a moment to inspect your handiwork. Look for any missed spots or stubborn stains that might need additional attention.

Let it Dry Completely: Allow your patio to dry completely before placing any furniture or decorations back. This prevents moisture buildup and potential mildew growth.

Celebrate Your Sparkling Oasis

Step back and admire your handiwork! Your patio is now a sparkling clean haven, ready for spring entertaining or quiet moments of relaxation. Bask in the satisfaction of a job well done, and the knowledge that you’ve taken the first step towards enjoying a beautiful and healthy outdoor space all season long. 

 

Feeling overwhelmed by the pressure washer or simply don’t have the time? 

 

We understand! Pressure washing can be a powerful tool, but it requires knowledge and proper technique to avoid damaging your patio. Here at Pressure Washing Exeter, we are experienced professionals who are experts in pressure washing patios of all shapes, sizes, and materials. We’ll handle the cleaning for you, leaving your patio sparkling clean and ready to enjoy – so you can focus on soaking up the beauty of spring! 

 

Call us today for a free quote and reclaim your outdoor oasis! 

 

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WHAT YOUR NEIGHBOURS ARE SAYING...

  • Just cleaned our patio this morning was on time, very tidy and did an excellent job and would thoroughly recommend him ! Nice job and nice guy Matthew.

    ellie carver Avatar ellie carver
    April 16, 2024

    Fantastic overall service. Great communication, fast responses and quickly booked in, and really happy with the results! Thank you!

    Matthew Fowler Avatar Matthew Fowler
    May 10, 2024

    Mathew did a great job on soft washing the house.

    Michael Gloster Avatar Michael Gloster
    April 23, 2024

    Matthew did a marvellous job at an excellent price. He was informative and helpful through the whole process. I totally recommend him

    daniel doherty Avatar daniel doherty
    May 8, 2024

    Matthew has been fantastic. Excellent quick, clear communication and quotation. Punctual, clean and thorough job on the day. Both front and back garden look sparkling. We've already booked his services for next year.

    Francesco Ferrari Avatar Francesco Ferrari
    May 20, 2024

    Had my extensive patios treated by Matthew and Kevin this week Looks great, better than it has done for years. No cutting corners ,all nooks and crannies done. Highly recommended.

    Raymond Saunders Avatar Raymond Saunders
    April 2, 2023

    Matt has produced a great result with our block paving. Quick, efficient, clean, good communication. Very, very highly recommended.

    Will Jerrold Avatar Will Jerrold
    March 8, 2024

    Cracking job, very helpful and knowledgable, highly recommend

    Dave Glassborow Avatar Dave Glassborow
    February 24, 2024

    Really pleased with patio clean...Matthew was very tidy, and did an excellent job. Will definitely use him again.

    Madeleine Jackson Avatar Madeleine Jackson
    July 2, 2023

    Great service. Fantastic infact. Highly recommended

    Slimbo Tyrone Avatar Slimbo Tyrone
    November 14, 2023

    Very happy with my patio and path. Matthew did a really good job.

    Gemma Whitten Avatar Gemma Whitten
    September 11, 2023

    Absolutely brilliant service with great results. Matthew was able to book me in at very short notice and his services are fairly priced. Thank you

    Lizzie Bush Avatar Lizzie Bush
    May 27, 2024
  • Matthew did an excellent job, cleaning the decking and our patio furniture. Very polite 5🌟 service

    Kata Drinkwater Avatar Kata Drinkwater
    February 26, 2024

    Excellent service would highly recommend.

    Mark Dillon Avatar Mark Dillon
    October 1, 2023

    A fantastic job done, very pleased with the results of the patio power washing on a dread day weather wise. Matthew worked so hard.

    amanda james Avatar amanda james
    May 14, 2024

    Very professional service especially as difficult access to garden over 4ft wall. My paving slabs/pathway look like new! Would highly recommend Matthew.

    janette tucker Avatar janette tucker
    February 13, 2024

    Wonderful service.

    Virginia Baily Avatar Virginia Baily
    June 6, 2024

    Had my extensive patios treated by Matthew this week Looks great, better than it has done for years. No cutting corners ,all nooks and crannies done. Highly recommended.

    Raymond Saunders Avatar Raymond Saunders
    March 23, 2024

    It was such a professional service that went above and beyond. what I thought was being offered.Thr railings around the decking were cleaned too and I was so pleased with the result.I would highly recommend the company.

    BRIDGET MERRETT Avatar BRIDGET MERRETT
    August 2, 2023

    Amazing Job! Looks like new! Would highly recommend and use services again. Quick and efficient with communication - top job

    Mark Densham Avatar Mark Densham
    March 10, 2024

    A superb job of our driveway, patios, steps and wall cap tiles. Matt uses only the best equipment and materials and has left our surfaces looking as good as when they were first installed! I would recommend Pressure Washing Exeter to anyone.

    penman634 Avatar penman634
    April 23, 2024

    Matthew did an amazing job on very tired paving stones and mossy ground. They have all come up so clean my son thought I had had the paving redone !! Would highly recommend . Great communication and very quick to book in and get job done 👍

    Holly Hilliard Avatar Holly Hilliard
    May 27, 2024

    Excellent work cleaning up my courtyard! I'm delighted with the results. I'll be recommending this company to everyone.

    Deryn Phillips Avatar Deryn Phillips
    February 27, 2024

    Excellent service. What a transformation of my driveway! Would highly recommend

    Debbie Harris Avatar Debbie Harris
    April 23, 2024
  • Lin Hambly Avatar Lin Hambly
    March 13, 2024

    Excellent service! Totally transformed my paths and patio areas. Very pleased and would recommend to anyone. Thank you!

    Angela R Avatar Angela R
    March 7, 2024

    Cracking job, very helpful and knowledgable, highly recommend

    Dave Glassborow Avatar Dave Glassborow
    February 24, 2024

    Matt has produced a great result with our block paving. Quick, efficient, clean, good communication. Very, very highly recommended.

    Will Jerrold Avatar Will Jerrold
    March 8, 2024

    A fantastic job done, very pleased with the results of the patio power washing on a dread day weather wise. Matthew worked so hard.

    amanda james Avatar amanda james
    May 14, 2024

    Amazing job. Thank you.

    Ken Cheek Avatar Ken Cheek
    December 27, 2023

    Really pleased with patio clean...Matthew was very tidy, and did an excellent job. Will definitely use him again.

    Madeleine Jackson Avatar Madeleine Jackson
    July 2, 2023

    Lexi Haydari Avatar Lexi Haydari
    June 3, 2024

    Very professional service especially as difficult access to garden over 4ft wall. My paving slabs/pathway look like new! Would highly recommend Matthew.

    janette tucker Avatar janette tucker
    February 13, 2024

    A superb job of our driveway, patios, steps and wall cap tiles. Matt uses only the best equipment and materials and has left our surfaces looking as good as when they were first installed! I would recommend Pressure Washing Exeter to anyone.

    penman634 Avatar penman634
    April 23, 2024

    Excellent service....great communication and good price. Matthew was extremely helpful and polite.....well pleased with his work....and would recommend. Thanks, Matthew....

    Helen Harvey Avatar Helen Harvey
    April 30, 2024

    Excellent service amazing results. Professional Polite and punctual. Thank you Matthew.

    Ann Tucker Avatar Ann Tucker
    April 16, 2024
  • Great service. Fantastic infact. Highly recommended

    Slimbo Tyrone Avatar Slimbo Tyrone
    November 14, 2023

    Very happy with my patio and path. Matthew did a really good job.

    Gemma Whitten Avatar Gemma Whitten
    September 11, 2023

    Excellent work cleaning up my courtyard! I'm delighted with the results. I'll be recommending this company to everyone.

    Deryn Phillips Avatar Deryn Phillips
    February 27, 2024

    Matthew did an amazing job. My garden paving looks beautiful now. He is professional and has a positive attitude. He was so good about me not being able to get the outside tap working. He came back later the very same day and still got all the work done. I am really happy with the results and I would highly recommend him.

    Jackie Goodwin Avatar Jackie Goodwin
    March 23, 2024

    So pleased with how out patio turned out - looks amazing. Professional, polite and punctual. Really quick at getting back to us with answers, including if materials used were safe for the dogs (which they are). Highly recommend, will use again

    Claire Spolton-Dean Avatar Claire Spolton-Dean
    March 16, 2024

    Had my extensive patios treated by Matthew and Kevin this week Looks great, better than it has done for years. No cutting corners ,all nooks and crannies done. Highly recommended.

    Raymond Saunders Avatar Raymond Saunders
    April 2, 2023

    Excellent service. Matthew sorted us a quote out very quickly and booked us in at short notice. Results were amazing - patio went from filthy and slippery to looking and feeling like new. Thorough, professional job.

    Ben Hall Avatar Ben Hall
    March 9, 2024

    Susan Nex Avatar Susan Nex
    March 23, 2024

    Very pleased with the service. My patio and paths look much better now! I would definitely recommend.

    Sandra Laslett Avatar Sandra Laslett
    February 23, 2024

    Maureen Dudley Avatar Maureen Dudley
    February 20, 2024

    Matthew did an excellent job, cleaning the decking and our patio furniture. Very polite 5🌟 service

    Kata Drinkwater Avatar Kata Drinkwater
    February 26, 2024

    Mathew did a great job on soft washing the house.

    Michael Gloster Avatar Michael Gloster
    April 23, 2024

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